Replacing lawn with native plants can seem unconventional, but it can pay off.
Realtor Eileen Oldroyd recently took a listing in Dana Point, California, she urged the owners to improve their home’s “curb appeal.” To do that, she advised them to replace their manicured lawn and box hedges with a flagstone path meandering from the street to the front door through a bounty of drought-tolerant native grasses bordered by seasonally flowering native plants. “It does increase a home’s value,” she says. “We don’t need lawns anymore.” (2015) March. National Wildlife Federation News.